President Lincoln’s Cottage - At The Soldier's Home

On the grounds of President Lincoln’s Cottage, in the Robert H. Smith Visitor Education Center, Avitecture installed large, interactive flat-panel displays. After a $15 million restoration by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, President Lincoln’s Cottage, located on the grounds of the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Washington, DC, is open to the public for the first time, giving Americans an intimate view of Abraham Lincoln’s presidency and family life. From June through November, 1862–1864, during the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln and his family lived at the Soldiers’ Home in Washington, DC.

Avitecture integrated systems in the Visitor Education Center with exhibits that bring to life the history of the Soldiers’ Home, wartime Washington, and President Lincoln’s extraordinary leadership. A special exhibition gallery presents rotating displays of objects related to Lincoln and his legacy. In “Lincoln’s Cabinet Room,” visitors can participate in an innovative interactive experience exploring Lincoln’s toughest decisions related to emancipation, politics, and military affairs. In the center’s orientation theater, a small space, Avitecture’s innovative solution to display the largest possible images was to place three vertically-mounted projectors, fed by three video servers, to project in concert images on rolled-down window shades. When the window shades are rolled up, visitors see the cottage itself across the street.